WIP Wednesday: Lessons Learned

I am still working on the two projects I told you about a few weeks ago: a hat for my daughter and fingerless gloves using leftover yarn.  I have learned a few things while working on these projects.  In no particular order:

1. I prefer DPNs instead of magic loop.

Until I started working on my Roku Mitts, I thought I preferred magic loop, even though I have used both DPNs (double-pointed needles) and magic loop successfully.  I chose to do my mitts with magic loop mostly because I didn’t own any DPNs in the correct size.  But I discovered that I particularly dislike magic loop when there are not many stitches on each needle (32 total in this case).  I spent more time fiddling with the needles than actually knitting.  After I gave in and bought some DPNs I was knitting much faster!

Roku Mitts on DPNs

Roku Mitts on DPNs

Both methods have their uses, but I will no longer shy away from using DPNs!

2. Gauge is important.

I know, I know.  I already knew this.  But I was playing around with different gauges to adjust the size of my daughter’s hat and I gained a little more understanding about how gauge affects finished sizes.  My first hat attempt was WAY too small.

3. Trust pattern sizing.

My daughter has a small head.  And I want her hat to fit well and not be too big.  So even though I measured her head, and the pattern designer listed finished hat sizes, I started knitting a size smaller than I should have.  And guess what?  My second hat attempt was too small.

Yellow Hat - the correct size

Yellow Hat – the correct size

Third time’s a charm, and I am now making the size hat that matches my daughter’s measurements.  And wouldn’t you know, it fits!

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